Tamar J. Preminger, MD, has dedicated her 25-year medical career to the practice of clinical cardiology and currently serves as an attending physician with the Cardiac Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Pediatric Cardiology is a diverse, multifaceted and rewarding field which fosters a lifelong relationship with patients,” she says. “Throughout my career, I have been privileged to not only provide medical treatment to my patients but also to help support the emotional burden of their families and caregivers. I treat them like my own family, providing honest conversation and unwavering support as we work toward a goal of achieving the highest possible quality of life, longevity, and health.”
Critical thinking, compassion, excellence and respect are the four tenets Dr. Preminger cites when discussing her goal of ensuring accessible clinical care – a mission enhanced by the exceptional experience and resources at CHOP. “We continue to innovate through novel therapies, devices and investigative trials with a relentless drive for scientific discovery,” she says. “CHOP is uniquely positioned to solve unanswered questions and bring new hope to those affected by congenital and acquired heart disease.”
Education and Training
Pediatrics - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatrics - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Cardiology - Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA (Chief Fellow)
Adult Congenital Heart DiseasePediatric CardiologyPediatrics
Titles and Academic Titles
Departments and Services
Steele, J, Preminger TJ, Erenberg, F, Zahka, K. Obesity Trends in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. Circulation. 2017 Aug 22;136(8):704-718. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.116.026778. Epub 2017 Jun 16.
Tewelde H, Yoon J, Van Ittersum W, Worley S, Preminger T, Goldfarb J. The Harada Score in the US Population of Children with Kawasaki Disease. Hospital Pediatrics (4):233-8,2014.
Hill J, Preminger, TJ. Percutaneous PFO Closure for Paradoxical Stroke in 8 kg Twins. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions 84 (1) : 110-113, 2014
Daniel M, Preminger TJ, Lorber R, Mavroudis C, Jacobs ML. A grant proximal right coronary artery to right ventricular fistula diagnosed in utero and repaired as neonate.World J Pediatric Congenital Heart Surg. 1:243-248. 2010.
Mumtaz MA, Rosenthal G, Qureshi A, Prieto L, Preminger TJ, Lorber R, Latson L, Duncan BW. Melbourne Shunt Promotes Growth of Diminutive Central Pulmonary Arteries in Patients with Pulmonary Arteries in Patients with Pulmonary Atresia, VSD and Major Aortopulmonary Collateral Arteries. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 85(6):2079-83; discussion 2083-4, 2008.
Kutty S, Asnes JD, Srinath G, Preminger, TJ, Prieto LR, Latson LA. Use of a Straight, Side-Hole (SSH) Delivery Sheath for Improved Delivery of Amplatzer ASD Occluder. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, 69:15-20, 2006.
Rhodes JF, Qureshi A, Preminger TJ, Tuzcu EM, Casserly IP, Dauterman KW, Prieto LR, Mesia CI, Lane GK, Radvansky PA, Latson L. Intracardiac echocardiography during transcatheter interventions for congenital heart disease. Am J Cardiol 2003: 92:1482-4.
Rhodes JF, Abou-Chebl A, Land GK, Preminger TJ, Mesia CI, Fishcher T, Radvansky PA, Furlan A, Latson LA. Single center experience with Transcatheter Patent Foramen Ovale closure for paradoxical embolism. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol.
Duncan BW, Preminger TJ, Rhodes JF, Latson LA, Mee RBB. Staged repair of TOF with pulmonary atresia and major aortopulmonary collateral arteries. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surgery 2003; 126:694-702.
Siwik ES, Fisher SA, Preminger TJ, Simonson BS. Myocardial endothelin-1 expression following cardiac injury in children. J. Pediatrics.
Rein AJJT, Preminger TJ, Perry SB, Lock JE, Sanders SP. Intravascular ultrasound imaging in congenital heart disease. J Am Coll Cardiol (2000).
Lane J, Preminger TJ, Siwik ES, Stork E, Spector M. Alveolar capillary dysplasia - association with congenital heart disease. Am J Cardiol 84(5): 618-620, 1999.
Sallee DS, Ten Eick AP, Weiss AK, Reed MD, Preminger TJ. Azithromycin-induced digoxin toxicity. J. Pediatric Infectious Dis.
Dev NB, Preminger TJ, Hofmann GA, Dev SB. Sustained local delivery of heparin to the rabbit arterial wall with an electroporation catheter. Cathet Cardiovasc Diagn 45:337-345, 1998.
Siwik E, Preminger TJ, Patel CR. Association of systemic to pulmonary collateral arteries with Tetralogy of Fallot and absent pulmonary valve syndrome. Am J Cardiol 77:547-549, 1996.
Kreutzer J, Landzberg MJ, Preminger TJ, Mandell V, Treves ST, Reid LM, Lock JE. Isolated peripheral pulmonary artery stenoses in the adult. Circulation 93:1417-1423, 1996.
Srivstava D, Preminger TJ, Mandell V, Keane JF, Kozakewich H, Spevak PJ, Lock JE. Hepaticvenous and the development of pulmonary arteriovenous malformations in congenital heart disease. Circulation 92(5):1217-22, 1995.
Preminger TJ, Lock JE, Perry SB. Percutaneous transluminal vascular stenting using a covered stent: An experimental study. J Am Coll Cardiol.
Elami A, Rein AJJT, Preminger TJ, Milgarter E. Tetralogy of Fallot, absent pulmonary valve, partialanomalous pulmonary venous return and coarctation of the aorta. Int J Cardiol 52: 203-206, 1995.
Preminger TJ, Lock JE, Perry SB. Traumatic aortopulmonary window as a complication of pulmonary balloon angioplasty-transcatheter occlusion with a covered stent: a case report. Catheterization and Cardiovascular Diagnosis 31:286-289, 1994.
Preminger TJ, Sanders SP, van der Velde ME, Castaneda AR, Lock JE. Intramural residual interventricular defects following repair of conotruncal malformations. Circulation 89:236-242, 1994.
Rein A, Preminger TJ, Perry SB, Lock JE, Sanders SP. Generalized arteriopathy in Williams Syndrome. An intravascular ultrasound study. J AM Coll Cardiol 21(7): 1727-30, 1993.
Wormser GP, Onorato JM, Preminger TJ, Culler D, Martone WJ. Sensitivity and Specificity of blood cultures obtained through intravascular catheters. Crit Care Med. 1990 Feb, 18 (2): 152-6. Review.
Woolf PK, Gewitz MH, Preminger TJ, Stewart J. Vexler D: Infants with apparent life threatening events; cardiac rhythm and conduction. Clinical Pediatrics 28 (11): 517-520, 1989.
Steele J, Preminger TJ, Erenberg F, Zahka K. Assessment and Analysis of Obesity in Children and Young Adults with Congenital Heart Disease. Accepted for oral presentation to the American Academy of Pediatrics Meeting, November 2018.
Suntharos P, Mhanna C, Preminger T, Majdalany D, Prieto LR. Outcomes of Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve Implantation in the Native Right Ventricular Outflow Tract: The Cleveland Clinic Experience. Presented at SCAI 2018 Scientific Sessions, San Diego, CA. April 2018.
Prieto LR, Schwartz M, Arruda JA, Sterba R, Preminger TJ. Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Preoperative Diagnostic Evaluation. In: Mavroudis C, Backer CL, eds. 4th ed. Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell; Pp 60-83, 2013
Grifka R, Preminger TJ. Vascular Anomalies. Moss and Adams’ Heart Disease in Infants, Children and Adolescents, 7th Edition, 2008.
Grifka R, Preminger TJ. Vascular Anomalies. Moss and Adams’ Heart Disease in Infants, Children and Adolescents, 6th Edition, 2001.
Neonatal Interventional Cardiac Catheterization. Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine: Diseases of the Fetus and Infant, 2nd Edition, Fanaroff, Martin ed., Mosby, 1997.
Preminger TJ, Perry SB, Burrows PE. Vascular Anomalies. Moss and Adams’ Heart Disease in Infants, Children and Adolescents, 5th Edition, Williams and Wilkins, 1995.
Posters and Presentations
Preminger TJ. Outcomes of Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve Implantation in the Native Right Ventricular Outflow Tract: The Cleveland Clinic Experience. Presented at SCAI 2018 Scientific Sessions. San Diego, CA, April 2018.
Preminger TJ. Session 3: Interventions for Shone’s Syndrome. 2nd Annual Advances in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Summit: Navigating Shone’s Complex. Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, November 10, 2017.
Preminger TJ. Pediatric Cardiac Cath Nightmares. 2nd Annual Advances in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Summit: Navigating Shone’s Complex. Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, November 9, 2017.
Preminger TJ. Atrial Switch. Pediatric and Congenital Heart Symposium Spring 2017. Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, March 7, 2017.
Preminger TJ. Outcomes of Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve Implantation – The Cleveland Clinic Experience. Presented at Pediatric Interventional Cardiology Symposium (PICS). Miami, FL, January 2017.
Preminger TJ. Long Term Concerns After the Fontan Operation: Focus on Anticoagulation and Liver Involvement. Congenital Heart Defect Patient/Parents Group. Mentor, OH, January 21, 2017.
Preminger TJ. Should We Anticoagulate All Patients After Fontan? To Not Anticoagulate. 1st Annual Advances in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Care: From Single Ventricle to Failing Fontan Symposium. Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, September 16-17, 2016.
Preminger TJ. Pregnancy in Fontan – Should We Allow? 1st Annual Advances in Pediatric and Congenital Heart Care: From Single Ventricle to Failing Fontan Symposium. Cleveland Clinic Children’s, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, September 16-17, 2016.
Awards and Honors
2016-present, Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd
2005, Pediatric Cardiology Top Doctors List. Northern Ohio Live
1993, Howard B. Sprague Award, Physician Investigator Fellowship, American Heart Association
1989, Joseph Ritter Teaching Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
1986, The American Medical Women’s Award for Academic Excellence, NYMC
1986, Dr. Harrison Scholarship Award, NYMC
1985, Alpha Omega Alpha, Medical Honor Society, NYMC
Editorial and Academic Positions
2016-present, The Journal of Pediatrics
2011-present, World Journal of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Cardiology
American Heart Association
Patient Experience Ratings
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